Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hulkenberg denies strike talk

(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)
Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg has denied that he along with a number of other Formula One driver's on the verge of striking.
Reports in the media earlier this week suggested that Hulkenberg, along with Adrian Sutil, Kamui Kobayashi and Kimi Raikkonen were all set to strike over unpaid driver wages. However, speaking ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, round four of the championship, Hulkenberg, who is a member of the Grand Prix Drivers Association said:
'We have never discussed a strike but we want the issue to be addressed and improved'.
Over the course of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, reports emerged that Kimi Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson was alleged to have been involved in a heated argument with the Lotus F1 Team's Frederico Gastaladi as Raikkonen is rumoured to still be owed the balance of his Lotus salary.
The Finn spent two season's at the Enstone based outfit and unlike the other driver's chasing their wages is not a member of the Grand Prix Driver's Association and he has moved on from the Lotus team and is now driving for Ferrari and is just interested in the racing and not the politics of the sport so it is unlikely that the 'Iceman' would strike.
Romain Grosjean, who was also owed money by the Lotus F1 Team has just confirmed that the outfit have paid his wages and are now up to date.
This is a situation that should not be an issue when you consider that these teams spend millions of pounds every year and for driver's to be owed wages is crazy. However, it is a sign of the times due to the current financial situation around the world.
©Ben Johnston 2014

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